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Seminoles Finish Sixth At ACC Men’s Golf Championship

April 23, 2006

Florida State finished sixth in the team standings at the 53rd Annual ACC Men’s Golf Tournament to earn its best finish in the event since a sixth place finish in 2002. The Seminoles improved their team finish by one position and their team score by 35 strokes as compared to the 2005 ACC Championship in finishing with their lowest team stroke total in their 15-year participation in the ACC Championship. Seminole freshman Matt Savage earned the best finish of his collegiate career as he finished tied for 12th with a four-under par total of 212.

Georgia Tech and North Carolina were declared the ACC co-champions after the Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels tied through three rounds and two playoff holes. Georgia Tech sent the event into a playoff as they came back on the final three holes of the final round after leading the pack through the first two rounds of the weekend. The Tar Heels made up 11 strokes on Georgia Tech in the final round. Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech won the individual championship with a 54-hole total of 10-under par 206. He defeated Kyle Reifers of Wake Forest to win the first individual ACC championship for the Yellow Jackets since Bryce Molder earned medalist honors in 2002.

Savage (Louisville, Ky.) played the best golf of his collegiate career with three rounds of high-energy golf. He carded a 67 (five-under par) in the first round, a 71 (one-under par) in the second round and finished with a 74 (three-over par) in the third round to finish with a 212 total. Savage played 46 of his 54 holes in his first career ACC Championship at par or better and was more than one stroke over par on only one hole during the entire weekend. Savage’s 212 total left him only one shot shy of tying the all-time record for a Seminole in the ACC men’s golf championship – Christian Raynor’s 211 total in finishing in a tie for second in the 1995 ACC Championship.

Junior Jonas Blixt (Hammaro, Sweden) played inspired golf as he finished tied for 19h in the individual standings. He led the Seminoles in the final round with a two-under par 70. Blixt played the first and third rounds under par (71 and 70) and was only one-stroke over par in the second round (73). It was the second top-20 individual ACC finish for Blixt who finished tied for 18th in the ACC Championship in 2005.

Junior Torstein Nevestad (Oslo, Norway) played his best golf of the weekend in the third and final round as he carded an even par 72 and finished tied for 35th. His three-round total of 220 was seven strokes better than the 227 total he finished with during the 2005 ACC Championship. Freshman Nicholas Smith (Ocala, Fla.) finished well for the Seminoles with a 222 total for the weekend. He averaged 74.00 strokes with scores of 73-74-75. Sophomore Song Jeon, who carded a career-low tying 69 in the second round, carded a 75 in the third round.

Florida State will now look forward to possibly receiving a bid the NCAA Regional Championship which will be announced on May 8. Should the Seminoles receive a bid to the NCAA Regionals, it would mark the first time since 1996 that the Seminoles will have played in the NCAA Championship.

53rd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship/April 21-23, 2006/Par 72
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/New London, N.C./Final Florida State Results
6/11.   Florida State       285   287   291   863
T12.    Matt Savage         67    71    74    212
T19.    Jonas Blixt         71    73    70    214
T35.    Torstein Nevestad   74    74    72    220
41.     Nicholas Smith      73    74    75    222
--      Song Jeon           D     69    75    --

53rd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Championship/April 21-23, 2006/Par 72
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point/New London, N.C./Final Round Team Results

1. Georgia Tech 833 7. Maryland 865
2. North Carolina 833 8. Duke 866
3. Clemson 840 9. Virginia Tech 872
4. NC State 853 10. Virginia 878
5. Wake Forest 860 11. Boston College 921
6. Florida State 863

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